Academic Year 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar Program: Research / Teaching

Anouck Renee Girard

Anouck Renee Girard

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D., Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
M.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, 1998
Dipl. Ingenieur, Ales School of Mines, France, 1997

Anouck Girard is a vehicle dynamics and control engineer, whose interests lie in controlling advanced and increasingly autonomous vehicles operating in the space, air, ground and marine domains. These vehicles and vehicle systems exhibit complex nonlinear dynamics, and must function in uncertain environments with limited resources, while satisfying stringent constraints and counteracting the effects of disturbances. Mostly, she addresses problems of optimal decision-making, energy and information-aware trajectory optimization, and control of unusual vehicle configurations. She has co-authored the book Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dr. Girard has taught aircraft and spacecraft dynamics and control courses at Michigan, and has co-authored more than 200 papers on vehicle dynamics and control.

As a Fulbright scholar in 2021, Girard will carry out research on game theoretic models for vehicle routing and control, with applications to self-driving cars. Girard’s hosts in Greece will be the Technical University of Crete (TUC), and she will be teaching seminars in Chania, Crete on her research. She will leverage the unique large-scale traffic modeling expertise available at TUC to advance the modeling and control of interactive human-autonomous traffic, and make the roadways safer for all.

Emily May Van Duyne

Emily May Van Duyne

Stockton University, Galloway, NJ
Associate Professor of Writing 

MFA, Creative Writing, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2009
BFA, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College, Boston, MA, 2002

Emily Van Duyne teaches writing at Stockton University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her current research focuses on the American poet Sylvia Plath, and the ways her biographical and literary legacy has been constructed in the wake of her 1963 suicide through editorial censorship and literary and cultural tropes, such as the unreliable narrator. Her monograph Loving Sylvia Plath (forthcoming with W.W. Norton & Co.) uses intersectional feminist theory ranging from epistemic philosophy to postcolonial criticism to better understand how the world has come to know a mythologized "Sylvia Plath." Her other work on Plath looks at the role of domestic violence and sexual assault in Plath's biography and work, and can be read in the Harvard Review, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. 

As a 2021 Fulbright Scholar, Van Duyne will teach a course on Sylvia Plath at Aristotle University, in Thessaloniki, that will focus on Plath's drafting and editorial process, and will make use of archival materials from Smith College's Mortimer Rare Book Room and Emory University's Rose Library. She will also begin research about the influence of the Greek philosopher Plato on Plath's famed Ariel poems, for a new monograph, which will be the first on this particular element of Plath's work. This research combines Greek literature and the history of the Fulbright program, as Sylvia Plath first read Plato while studying at Cambridge University on a Fulbright Scholarship from 1955-1957. It was during this time that she met and married the poet Ted Hughes, who would go onto become Britain's poet laureate; their marriage and creative partnership would change 20th century poetry. Plath's annotations in her editions of Plato from her Fulbright act as footnotes to her early love affair with Hughes, while her Ariel poems, written while her marriage to Hughes collapsed, are heavily influenced by Plato's Republic and Crito, and can be read as a meditation on the end of romantic love, and on suicide. Additionally, Van Duyne will help to organize a "Sylvia Plath & Fulbright" symposium, which will take place at Aristotle University in May 2021. She hopes that these projects will expand international understanding of Plath's wide literary and philosophical influences, and continue to change our limited understanding of her from a psychological case study into the landmark writer she was. 

Nikiforos Stamatiadis

Nikiforos Stamatiadis

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Professor of Civil Engineering

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, 1990

M.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, 1986

B.A./B.S., Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1983

Nikiforos Stamatiadis is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved both in teaching and research in the field of transportation engineering since 1984. Several of his courses involve design elements and roadway design focusing on rural highways and urban streets while addressing the needs of all facility users (drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists) and developing contextually appropriate designs.  His research expertise includes roadway design and safety, traffic modeling, accommodation of non-motorized users, and human factors. He has been successful in securing research funds from the National Academy of Sciences as well from local, national and international agencies.  He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2017) where he conducted research and teaching at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, participated in the Greek Diaspora (GD) Program (2017) in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and he will return to NTUA for another GD Fellowship in Fall 2020. He has also worked with Engineers Without Borders and led student and professional teams in addressing sanitation, water distribution, and roadway issues in developing countries in Africa, Central and south America.

Nikiforos will be hosted by the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Thessaly (Spring 2021), where he plans to: (a) collaborate with colleagues on studying the impacts of new technologies on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety; (b) develop and deliver a course on designing facilities for bicyclists utilizing a service-learning approach ; and (c) deliver a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops for engineering students and professionals. Nikiforos views the Fulbright award as his opportunity to offer his knowledge, skills, and expertise to the academic community and be able to give back to the Greek university system from which he benefitted greatly as a student.

Thomas John Papadimos

Thomas John Papadimos

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Department of Anesthesiology
MD, MPH, FCCM, FAIM
Professor, Critical Care Section
Director, Anesthesiology Clinical Research Fellowship

M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1984
M.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, 1978
B.S., Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH, 1975

Thomas J. Papadimos is a Professor of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University. He has over 400 publications and received several departmental teaching awards and university-wide teaching awards. He has served in the positions of Critical Care Fellowship Director, Division Director of Critical Care Medicine, Vice Chairman, and Associate Dean. He also has extensive experience in simulation-based medical education, serving as medical director of one of the largest simulation centers in the United States. His academic interests are in critical care medicine, simulation-based education, and infectious disease epidemiology, and he holds visiting professorships at Wenzhou Medical University, China, and the National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece. Dr. Papadimos and his colleagues at the 2nd Department of Anesthesiology at Attikon University Hospital have collaborated on projects in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, regional anesthesia, and pain medicine.

While in Greece he hopes to make a significant academic teaching contribution to the School of Medicine and the 2nd Department of Anesthesiology through his courses in palliative medicine and mechanical circulatory support so as to provide Greek medical learners with insightful perspectives in order to provide their patients with the best possible medical care. Over the long term he anticipates establishing a close academic relationship between the University of Athens (and other Greek medical institutions) and The Ohio State University. In doing so, Dr. Papadimos wishes to provide Greek medical practitioners and the Ohio State medical faculty with exchange opportunities so that each nation will have the occasion to better understand one another’s professional environments.

In his spare time Dr. Papadimos enjoys writing, running, and reading; his favorite author is Nikos Kazantzakis. However, he states that above all, Greece is the land of his forefathers, and he feels a close kinship with Greece and its people. The welfare of Greece and the preservation of Hellenism are of a great consequence to him.

Yanni George Kotsonis

Yanni George Kotsonis

New York University, New York, NY
Professor of History & Russian & Slavic Studies

Ph.D., History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1994
M.A., History, University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, U.K., 1986
B.A., History, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1985

Yanni Kotsonis was educated in Athens, Montreal, Copenhagen, London, Moscow, and New York. He is Professor of History at New York University and founding Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. He has written on Russian political economy and governmentality, with an emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His books include Making Peasants Backward: Agricultural Cooperatives and the Agrarian Question in Russia (1999) and States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and the Early Soviet Republic (2014). He has been offered fellowships from the SSRC, Hoover Institution, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, American Academy in Berlin, European University Institute, École Française d'Athènes, and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

His current work, and the occasion for his stay in Athens in association with the Athens School of Fine Arts, is on the Greek Revolution and War of Independence (1821-1830), and he will be on the scene for the bicentennial commemorations. He takes the long view of the events by working backward to the 1790s, to examine how the French Revolution and the French, Russian, and British occupations of the Ionian Islands transformed politics and expectations on the Ottoman mainland. By the same token, he accounts for the imperial contexts in which Greeks lived, worked, and circulated, and considers the Greeks as imperial subjects who used what they learned in their global experiences to carry out one Europe's first nationalist revolution and to establish Europe's first ethno-national state. He has conducted archival research in London, Paris, Geneva, Corfu and Athens; his research in Moscow and St.Petersburg was postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. At the School of Fine Arts he will teach courses on utopian thinking from classical Greece to modern Europe, as well as the human mobilities made possible by the revolutionary era 1789-1848. These will be both graduate and undergraduate courses. He will also participate in commemorative events at the School, in Athens, and in the provinces.

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